Hamilton, Sylvia D.

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Hamilton, Sylvia D.

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Sylvia D. Hamilton was born in Beechville, NS. She grew up in Nova Scotia and attended a segregated school as well as a non-segregated school. She was the first person from Beechville to graduate high school. She attended Acadia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972. Later, she earned a Master’s degree at Dalhousie (2000). Sylvia is an accomplished filmmaker, including NFB films like “Black Mother Black Daughter” and “Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia”. Her work focuses on the experience of African Nova Scotians/African Canadians and women. She has earned a Gemini award, the Portia White Prize, CBC Television Pioneer Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sylvia Hamilton currently teaches in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College (Dal) and is the current Rogers Chair in Communications. She holds three honourary degrees.


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